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Early Signs of Dementia

  • Memory loss (forgets appointments, cannot recall recent events or conversations)

  • Disorientation (gets confused in unfamiliar places, does not know the time of the year, couldn’t find his/her way home)

  • Difficulty in speaking (forgets the name of simple, well known objects, uses inappropriate words, repeats words and statements)

  • Loss of interest in hobbies and personal activities, avoids activities he/she used to enjoy

  • Difficulty in recognizing friends, co-workers or family members (forgets who are grandchildren, thinks friends are strangers)

  • Difficulty in performing complex tasks (keep cheque book, count money, use the telephone)

  • Troublesome behaviour (socially inappropriate behaviour, going out in the night, aggressiveness)

  • Poor personal hygiene (forgets to brush teeth, dresses slowly or in inappropriate clothing, forgets to take bath)